Neil Gaiman was born to David and Sheila Gaiman on November 10th, 1960 in Portchester, England, the first child of three. The family moved to the West Sussex town of East Grinstead in 1965, and Gaiman lived there until 1980. He read widely, first fantasy and then science fiction, including authors as diverse as C.S. Lewis, Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert A. Heinlein.
In the early 1980s Gaiman pursued a career in journalism to make connections that might help him get published, writing for a number of different magazines and using a variety of pseudonyms. His first published story was "Featherquest" in Imagine Magazine in May 1984. He proceeded to write several nonfiction books, including a biography of Duran Duran and Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion. His first novel was the award-winning fantasy-comedy Good Omens (1990), written in collaboration with Terry Pratchett.
Since that time, Gaiman has become one of the most widely-recognized names in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genres, writing novels for adults and children, short stories, graphic novels, screenplays and more, being nominated for awards in every field. He is known for his unique writing style, his combination of fantasy and horror, and the highly intelligent, allusive nature of his work. His best loved works include The Graveyard Book, Coraline and Neverwhere.
Preludes and Nocturnes is the first graphic novel in the ten book The Sandman series, which has won 18 Eisner Awards, a World Fantasy Award and a Bram Stoker Award, and has been nominated for a Hugo. The monthly comic book series began in 1989 and concluded in 1996.
Gaiman lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is divorced, with three children. He is married to Amanda Palmer, a musician and punk cabaret performer.